Dr Paul Kucera

PhD, Archaeology; BA (Hons), Monash University

Paul has extensive experience in the application of GIS in archaeology and in mapping. As a senior member of the team, Paul is involved in all major projects. He specialises in GNSS data collection, map production, and data management, as well as field survey and excavation. Some additional areas of his interest and practical skill-set include the application of remote sensing (satellite and aerial imagery, ASTER-GDEM, SRTM, and LiDAR), digital terrains (DEM), photogrammetry and digital 3D modelling in archaeological survey, site documentation and mapping. Paul’s skills cover many areas of recording and interpreting Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous archaeological sites, including devising methodologies, planning survey and excavation strategies and developing spatial distribution analyses. His responsibilities also cover report writing, CHMP preparation, and consultation with Traditional Owners, clients, and government regulators.

During his time as a student in the Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History at Monash University and since completing his postgraduate degree, Paul has worked as an archaeologist in Australia since 2007, overseas in Egypt since 2003, and in Italy. His work in Egypt is associated with the Qasr Dakhleh Project (affiliated with Groningen University and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo), the Dakhleh Oasis Project, and previously Monash University. Paul’s research focus is the Roman military presence in the Western Desert of Egypt. He has excavated at several sites in Dakhla Oasis which include Ismant al-Kharab, Mut al-Kharab, Dayr Abu Metta and al-Qasr, and has also published on his topic of research. At present, he is the deputy Director and co-Investigator of the Qasr Dakhleh Project and is a collaborator in the El-Deir Archaeological Mission, Kharga Oasis. In 2016, Paul participated in the South Abydos Mastaba Project, Egypt as a ceramicist and ceramic illustrator. Connected with his research expertise and fieldwork in Egypt, Paul has also acted as an advisor to the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, in the development of 3D visualisations and animations of Roman forts. Between 2003 and 2006, Paul taught undergraduate courses in the Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History at Monash University and from 2007 to 2009, was a research assistant in the Centre. In 2012 and 2014, Paul fulfilled the role of a teaching assistant and site supervisor for the Centre’s archaeological field school in Prato, Italy.